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Serena Williams retires after wrist injury

Serena Williams retires after wrist injury

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Kris Wilkes

Serena Williams’ Wimbledon hopes continued to wither on the vine on Tuesday after the American, who beat her in the first round in a record 15th consecutive tournament, was forced to retire after a freak injury to her left wrist.

Playing to a tight baseline with no room to retreat, the former world No 2, who won the Australian Open in January and then the French Open last month, went down with the injury during the fourth set of her match with German qualifier Magdalena Rybarikova, which was to be the fourth-round encounter.

Williams, who is a six-time Wimbledon winner, had already struggled for form in her past three tournaments when the injury occurred in the opening game.

“After the last couple of matches I’ve had some good moments, some moments where I’ve played really well, and then I’ve had some bad moments and things have fallen apart,” the 31-year-old told the U.S. ATP Tour Association website.

“I don’t think they’re falling apart, I think I need more time. I thought I’d have to pull up after the first set, but I was pretty proud of myself and I’m super pumped to start the next one.”

The match was already on Thursday night’s schedule with 10 other players still remaining in action. Three of those remaining competitors were in the same three sets with Williams. She’ll play qualifier Eugenie Bouchard, who had her breakthrough win over Venus Williams at the Australian Open, in the fifth on Wednesday.

The top five will then play in a round-robin tournament which will be held on Thursday. The top two seeds from that tournament will meet in the final, with the other two seeds to be determined on Wednesday.

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